Elisa Donovan portrays Amber, the arrogant, completely misguided slave to fashion, in UPN's half-hour comedy series, "Clueless." Donovan reprises the role she played in the blockbuster motion picture of the same name. Try as she might, Amber knows she can never compete with her friend Cher when it comes to charm, grace or her ingenious way of coordinating the right handbag and shoes.
Born in Poughkeepsie, New York, Donovan was raised in Northport, Long Island. She began her acting career at the age of seven in the stage production of "Westward Ho Ho Ho," testing her skills to the limit by playing the male lead of Ralph Rotten.
After she received her formal training at New York's prestigious Michael Chekhov Studio, Donovan became engrossed in New York theater but soon relocated to Los Angeles and three weeks later, landed the role in the feature film "Clueless."
After wrapping that fortuitous role, she played the part of the meddlesome vixen Ginger in "Beverly Hills, 90210.' Among her other credits are Joey Lawrence's girlfriend in "Blossom," Jennifer in the daytime drama "Loving" and guest starring stints on "Simon" and "Renegade."
Donovan stars in the upcoming movie "A Night at the Roxbury" with "Saturday Night Live" cast members Chris Cattan and Will Farrell. The film expands their "two guys clubbing" sketch and features Donovan as Cambi, a fortune hunting model who mistakes them as ultra-rich men. She also appeared in the telefilm "Encino Woman."
On stage, Donovan has appeared in the off-Broadway productions "The Baby" and "Mad Love." Among her other theater credits are "Mad Forest"; "Dark Hours"; "Chamber Music"; and "Treading the Boards."
Donovan is committed to supporting charities that promote education, environmental and health awareness. She is the spokesperson for Envirothon, a national organization designed to increase public awareness toward maintaining the environment. She is also involved with the charitable organization Dolphin House, through which she volunteers her time reading stories to young children.
She makes her home in Los Angeles with her best friend, a Rhodesian ridgeback named Zulie.
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